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Two New Films Announced by the Founders of Studio Ghibli

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Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the co-founders of Studio Ghibli, are each working on new projects for the studio. There aren’t too many details about the two films, but Miyazaki’s is said to be an autobiography (maybe his own?) and Takahata’s will adapt an old Japanese story. But really: there are two new Studio Ghibli movies in the works!

Anime News Network has more information on Takahata’s project than on Miyazaki’s after meeting the director (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday) at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art. While Takahata only confirmed that he had a new project, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said that this new movie might be based on the 10th century Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (aka The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and Princess Kayuga), about a princess who was discovered inside of a bamboo plant as a baby. When she grows up, she has hair that shines like the moon — because she’s actually from the moon.

Takahata, whose last movie was 1999’s My Neighbors the Yamatas, said that his movie was still in the very early stages of production and might not be out for another two years. But, as Bleeding Cool points out, he did not mention any specific details, so it could be something completely different.

Suzuki also divulged that Miyazaki’s next movie will be an autobiography, but had no information on whose autobiography it was. Some seem to think that it will be Miyazaki’s own autobiography, but it’s all speculation right now. No time frame was given on this project.

So, only general information at this point. Watch this space for more details as they come.

(Anime News Network via Twitch, Bleeding Cool)

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